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Virtual Paralegal's Gutsy Message: "BigFirm, Listen Up"

Pamela Starr, a virtual paralegal who says she is located anywhere her laptop is, had a strong response to my post this weekend about Jones Day's decision to lay-off non-attorney staff. The 2500 lawyer firm announced last week that it was letting go an unspecified number of legal staff because the jobs can be done by voice mail, e-mail, iPhones and other electronic devices. Pamela, who started her virtual paralegal business in 2008, thinks that major law firms are far behind the learning curve when it comes to how business is conducted today. In her response, she says: Paralegal Paradigm... Read more →

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Are You Ripe for a Lay-Off?

Are you in line for a lay-off? You just might be, what with the new trend Jones Day is setting for paralegals and legal staffers. Read more →

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We've outsmarted ourselves. Jones Day, #4 firm in the US reports staff cuts due to emerging technology - voicemail, email, iphones. So, if I interpret that correctly, George Jetson was right. The robot finally takes your job. Read more →

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Why Would You Get Hit By a Bus? (And other uses of cliches)

Today must have been the day for buses. On at least three occasions, I read the phrase, "In case I get hit by a bus." My mother used to tell me that. Only she added that I had to be sure to be wearing clean underwear just in case. I commented to my husband that I was reading a lot of cliches lately. He asked me, "Why do people think they would get hit by a bus? Why not get hit by a bicycle? Or a food truck? Why a bus?" I didn't have the answer. I did think it was a good question. But I really didn't have an answer. Which got me to thinking: why do people use so many cliches? A cliche, for example, is saying, "bless you" every time someone sneezes. Do you really mean God should jump off that comfy couch in the sky and personally bless you? Do you pay any attention deep down inside when someone says "bless you" in response to your sneeze? No. You don't. You say, "Thank you" to be polite. The exchange is done and frankly, immediately forgotten. It's the same when using cliches as you write. In business communications, readers do not pay attention to cliches. The mind, having seen the phrase so many times, is desensitized. It skips right over the phrase, sometimes ignoring it completely. If you want people in your firm to pay attention and think that you are a leader, you're going to have to change the way you write. Read more →

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The OLP's first Meet 'N Greet is tomorrow at Milbank Tweed, downtown Los Angeles, 7:00 a.m. Come and meet! We'll greet! We'll even feed you. Really. We will. Read more →

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Ah, geez. Give me a break. I just got here.

Just when I thought that the Great Recession was past us, bam! Law.com publishes an article announcing,"Law Firms Predict More Layoffs Among Non-Equity Partners, Support Staff." I mean, a gal can't catch a break over here. According to the article, "A new survey released Tuesday by national consulting firm, Altman Weil shows that law firms nationwide still expect to conduct layoffs in 2010, though at a lesser rate than in 2009. The survey, titled "Law Firms in Transition 2010," said 67 percent of law firms cut support staff, 43 percent cut paralegals and 44 percent cut associates last year, while... Read more →

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George Socha joins with The OLP as Special EDRM Advisor to the Board & Advisory Council. Read more →

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Ride the Horse in the Direction It's Going

When we accept a position,m we are accepting the dream: that life will somehow be better with the upward mobilit this job is sure to bring. Rarely do we attribute disappointment or growing frustration with our own lack of personal resonsibility for planning our career. Read more →

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The First OLP Live Meeting on June 24th at 7 am to 8:30 am at Milbank Tweed, L.A. You are invited to attend. Meet 'n greet & have a great time. RSVP info@theolp.org. Seating limited. Read more →

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You Can't Get Stuck If You're Going Nowhere

Let's face it. Who has a successful career without reaching a point of been there, done that, need more? Few people, I suspect. Otherwise, we'd all be going nowhere. Self-motivation is not innate. It's not inherited and it certainly is not granted by the paralegal fairy. It is, in fact, a characteristic that we either utilize or we don't. I'm intrigued today by Barbara Haubrich, a Bakersfield, CA paralegal with 30 years of experience. Barbara attended a seminar I gave nearly 10 years ago, remembered me and recently looked me up. Gee, I hope I made a good impression. Turns... Read more →

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